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About the VPR Staff

Marjorie Moreau

Director, VPR Operations

Marjorie plays an instrumental role in fulfilling the mandate of the VPR Office as well as the design, implementation and direction of administrative systems and structures. She provides leadership, direction and administrative oversight for matters related to the research portfolio.

Ingrid Hernandez

Ingrid Hernandez

Executive Assistant to the Vice-President (Research)

Ingrid provides dedicated administrative support to Ed McCauley, Vice President (Research), and France Goulet, Executive Director of the VPR Office. Ingrid is the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders requiring Dr. McCauley and Ms. Goulet’s expertise, and facilitates their leadership efforts through diverse administrative duties. 

Samara Babalola

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research)

Samara provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). She is the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders requiring AVPR expertise, and facilitates their leadership efforts through diverse administrative duties.

Kerri Ermantrout

Kerri Ermantrout

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research)

Kerri provides dedicated administrative support to the Associate Vice-Presidents (Research) (AVPR). She is the primary point of contact for all internal and external stakeholders requiring AVPR expertise, and facilitates their leadership efforts through diverse administrative duties.

Jenny McLean

Jenny McLean

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Jenny is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the VPR Office communications and marketing plan. As a leader of the Communications and Marketing Team, Jenny delivers programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Melanie McDonald [On Leave]

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Melanie is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the VPR Office communications and marketing plan. As a leader of the Communications and Marketing Team, Melanie delivers programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Pamela Hyde

Pamela Hyde

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Pamela is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the VPR Office communications and marketing plan. As a leader of the Communications and Marketing Team, Pamela delivers programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Sarah Byers

Sarah Byers

Communications and Events Coordinator

Sarah is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the VPR Office communications and events plan. As part of the Communications and Marketing Team, Sarah assists in the execution of programs that include brand management, advertising, media relations, special events and internal communications.

Barry Phipps

Barry Phipps

Research Coordinator

Barry contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of major initiatives within the VPR portfolio. Barry is responsible for the establishment of research and commercial collaborations with industry, government, and other external partners. 

Kiyoshi Robson

Coordinator, Energy Research Strategy

Kiyoshi contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of major initiatives within the Energy Research Strategy as part of the VPR portfolio. Kiyoshi is responsible for the establishment of research and commercial collaborations with industry, government, and other external partners.  

Kristina Breuer

Research Project Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives

Kristina provides project management support in the development and implementation of major strategic initiatives within the VPR Office portfolio. Kristina supports the Postdoctoral Program and is responsible for coordinating fellowship competitions, managing statistics and analysis, and increasing services available to postdoctoral scholars.

Svetlana Farkas-Cubras

Svetlana Farkas-Cubra

Specialist, Postdoctoral Initiatives

Svetlana is responsible for the management, administration and operational aspect of the postdoctoral program at the University of Calgary and the implementation of the Eyes High Postdoctoral Initiative. As the specialist, she oversees administrative services through the supervision of postdoctoral office staff, interacts with the University’s administrative units and promotes collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders.

Susan Wong

Susan Wong

Postdoctoral Program Assistant

Susan is responsible for administering the Postdoctoral Hiring/Recruitment Processes for the Foothills Campus and to contribute in the development of a Career and Professional Development Program for postdoctoral scholars – primarily in the Cumming School of Medicine and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. This includes the efficient management and administrative procedures for postdoctoral appointments and re-appointments. 

Katelyn Murnaghan

Katelyn Murnaghan

Postdoctoral Program Assistant

Katelyn is responsible for administering the Postdoctoral Hiring/Recruitment Processes for the Main Campus and to contribute in the development of a Career and Professional Development Program for postdoctoral scholars. This includes the efficient management and administrative procedures for postdoctoral appointments and re-appointments. 

Joanna Bekkering

Joanna Bekkering

Research Coordinator

Joanna provides support in the planning and implementation of the Energy Research Strategy as part of the VPR portfolio. Joanna is responsible for supporting major initiatives and projects, and facilitating internal and external collaborative partnerships. She is also involved in program management activities, including data management and event planning.

Stefanie Schmidt

Stefanie Schmidt [On Leave]

Research Project Coordinator

Stefanie provides support in the planning and implementation of the Human Dynamics in a Changing World Research Strategy and the Urban Alliance research partnership between the City of Calgary and University of Calgary, as well as other strategic research initiatives within the VPR portfolio. Her work includes logistical support for workshops and events, research and data management that help build research collaborations between University researchers and with external partners.

Isabelle Couture

Isabelle Couture

Coordinator, Stakeholders Engagement and Reporting

Isabelle contributes in the development of our stakeholder’s strategy as part of several major research initiatives and in the implementation of specific activities that promote constructive research partnerships. She also helps in the planning and delivery of reporting requests from the various sponsors, including identification of performance metrics.

Xiucheng Wei

Xiucheng Wei

International Research Coordinator

Xiucheng contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of international initiatives to drive implementation of the Energy Research Strategy as part of the VPR portfolio. Xiucheng focuses on facilitating and attracting collaborative research projects that utilize the University of Calgary’s Global Research Initiative research sites, with an emphasis on China.

Emily Bishop

Emily Bishop

Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering Research Strategy

Emily contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of major initiatives within the Biomedical Engineering Research Strategy as part of the VPR portfolio. Emily is responsible for supporting major initiatives and projects, and facilitating internal and external collaborative partnerships.